Chet Flippo -- veteran music writer, editor and author, as well as Billboard's Nashville bureau chief from 1995 to 2000 -- died from pneumonia on June 19 at age 69. At the time of his death, he was editorial director of CMT and

Flippo's knowledge of American roots music, country and early rock'n'roll allowed him to write with not only an understanding of an artist's music, but also the cultural and historic significance it held.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more. subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In